Jailed Danton back in Canada

ROB TRIPP, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

KINGSTON -- Mike Danton, who was imprisoned in the U.S. for plotting to kill his former coach and agent, Kingston resident David Frost, has been transferred to a Kingston-area prison, but he could soon be free.

Danton was brought back to Canada March 19 to serve the remainder of his sentence. He is eligible to seek parole and a hearing could be held within a few months.

Prison and parole authorities would not confirm that Danton is in the assessment unit at maximum-security Millhaven Institution, just west of Kingston. Corrections Canada spokeswoman Holly Knowles said Danton was eligible to seek full parole on March 19.

TALKED TO HITMAN

Danton was sentenced in November, 2004, to 7 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to offering a hitman $10,000 to kill Frost, his former junior hockey coach and player agent. The hitman turned out be a police informant.

At the time of his conviction in the plot, Danton was playing for the St. Louis Blues. Frost coached Danton in the mid-1990s when Danton, then known as Michael Jefferson, was a teenager on the Quinte Hawks, a junior team in Deseronto. Danton, who is estranged from his biological family, changed his name.

If Danton is not granted parole, he likely will be freed June 11, 2010, on statutory release. It is a form of conditional early release from prison. It is automatic for most prisoners. Danton's sentence expires Jan. 21, 2011.

RTRIPP@THEWHIG.COM


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